SpaceX delays launch debut of upgraded Falcon rocket

SpaceX delays launch debut of upgraded Falcon rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5 is created to be capable of "10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment", according to SpaceX. "Also, I would like to thank Russian Federation for giving us the opportunity to use their orbital slot".

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) approximately 33 minutes after launch.

Blasted off successfully on Friday, it was the second launch attempt, SpaceX made for the take off of Block 5 rocket, the final iteration of the Falcon 9.

The rocket had its share of hangups to get to the successful launch today. If all goes as planned, SpaceX would fly the same rocket twice in a single day in 2019, which would be another first for the company. SpaceX says it will try again Friday. The company also arranged for the spacecraft's launch on the Falcon 9.

SpaceX is one of two private companies hired by NASA to ferry astronaut crews to the space station.

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The Block 5 is also expected to be a key player in helping SpaceX send humans into space.

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Another first for the launch was its Bangabandhu Satellite-1 payload, which is Bangladesh's first geosynchronous communications satellite.

The achievement was hailed by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a livestream appearance from her country's capital, Dhaka. "It is an important step forward in the country's digital advancement", the embassy said in a statement on Sunday. It would mostly cover South Asian countries and Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkestan and a part of Kazakhstan.

It is expected to have a 15-year lifespan and will help save money for the Dhaka government, which now spends $14 million annually to rent from the services of foreign satellites, government officials said.

However, over the last few months, a number of local TV channels have expressed their reservations that Bangabandhu-1 would be far out in the east and it might not be suitable for them.

The satellite will contain 40 transponders; Bangladesh will use 20 and rent out the rest.

Bangabandhu-1 Satellite is to establish Bangladesh's own stake on space, opening up enormous opportunities providing three types of advantages involving information and communication technology (ICT), and the broadcasting industry, alongside brightening Bangladesh image.

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